Yard Design & Layout

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How to Design Your Garden Like the Zodiac Sign Cancer

The Cancer garden is a haven for those who love summer, the beach, and the moon. They'll plant a variety of fruits and veggies: especially melons. Their flowers will pop with color and diversity. The Cancer garden has a moon gate, gorgeous water features, and seashell mulch to prevent weeds.

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How to Design Your Garden Like a Gemini

A Gemini garden should be a place of wonder, beauty, and excitement. There should be a blast of green flora, unusual flowers bobbing in the wind, citrus fruits hanging from branches, and serpentine paths. The Gemini garden is ideal for the meditative thinker and the party host who wants to dazzle.

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How to Design Your Garden Like a Taurus

Taurus gardens are truly beautiful landscapes. They mix all the charms of spring with an appreciation for beauty and romance. Taurus gardens could easily get inspiration from the Victorian Era: terracotta paths, stone features, gorgeous greenhouses, and gas lamps. Taurus = fruits, veggies, flora.

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How to Decorate Your Garden Like an Aries

The Aries garden should be a blast of red. It should have a variety of plants, dazzling features, and plenty of entertaining sights for guests. You want your garden to be rich with flowers and fruits. There is also space to play yard games and experiment with an outdoor pizza oven.

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Which Type of Mulch Is Right for You?

Buying the correct mulch can be confusing to many people. How much of it is enough? Which one is right for your yard? How do you apply it properly? This article will try to answer those questions and help the reader to understand the many benefits of mulch.

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Garden Tours Spark Inspiration, Relaxation, and Conversation

The next time you find yourself in a rut, take a walk and see what nature has to offer. Be inspired by what gardeners are doing to enhance our environment. Strike up a conversation. Take the knowledge you gain home with you. Create your own backyard oasis.

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Build Your Own DIY Garden Fence

Keep animals and little ones out of your garden with this DIY 3-foot wood picket garden fence. It even has a 4-foot gate with a lock!

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Great Plant Choices for Your Poolside Landscape

Learn what to consider when designing a plant bed near your swimming pool. This can create a lush, luxurious environment for lounging and enjoying your poolside retreat for seasons to come!

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How to Use Fire in Your Home's Landscape

Fire is elemental. We are drawn to it in many forms. This article explores various ways to bring it into your home landscape. It also goes over some general practices and guidelines to consider to make it safe and enjoyable.

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Instructions for Making a Scarecrow

Whether you choose to install a scarecrow to protect your plants from pesky critters, or just want to decorate your yard (or porch) for autumn, building a scarecrow is easy! All you need are a few simple supplies.

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How to Make a Latex Mold for Garden Ornaments

In this article, I teach you how to make your own latex mold for garden ornaments. It is fairly simple to do and does not require any fancy equipment.

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Microclimates Are in Your Yard

A microclimate is a good thing to know about if you plan to put a plant in the garden and want it to thrive.

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Replacing Pavers With Concrete

What's involved with taking out a patio of pavers and replacing it with concrete? Here's how we did our project, with instructions, tips, and photos to show the steps.

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How to Create a Backyard Labyrinth One Step at a Time

I've included my step-by-step process of creating a backyard labyrinth near my garden beds for use as a walking meditation.

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Tacky Garden Ornaments You Love/Hate to See

What possesses otherwise sane and balanced people to fill their gardens with gnomes, black jockeys, and plastic flamingos? Take a look at this collection of wonderfully tasteless lawn ornaments.

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How I Turned a Grass Lawn Into a Garden Plot

Here is how I removed a tough layer of grass and weed from my yard and converted the muddy clay soil underneath into a nice, fluffy garden plot for planting. I did this without power any power tools; just my own labor, and sturdy equipment.

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8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders

Do you have an unsightly bare spot under your bird feeders? Most of us do, but there are options for making that area as pretty as the rest of your yard. Discover my eight easy solutions for transforming that bald spot under the feeder.

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How to Build Rustic Stone Planters for Your Garden

Making a beautiful garden can be very costly, but read on to find a crafty way to make your own rustic field stone planters for just a few dollars or pennies and save a fortune.

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How to Edge a Flower Bed and Produce Clean Curves

Is your grass getting out of hand, causing your flower beds or lawn borders to look unkept and messy? This guide will help you edge your lawn with a knife for a clean, sharp finish.

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How to Upcycle an Old Ladder Into a Garden Trellis

Looking for upcycling projects or ideas for what to do with old ladders? This article will show you how to make a garden trellis from an old ladder.

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5 Worst Messy Trees for the Lazy Landscaper

Trees are beautiful additions to any landscape and yard. However, not all trees are created equal. Many beautiful trees are prone to shedding not only leaves, but branches, nuts, cones, or other debris throughout the year. Here are five trees that require a lot of maintenance.

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How to Build a Raised Herb Garden Sanctuary

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a raised herb garden sanctuary, including photos of the project that I did myself.

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French Garden Design

You don’t need to have a backyard the size of the one at Versailles Palace to create a French garden. The same balance and eye appeal are easy to achieve, even on a limited budget.

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Unique Yard Art: Rust Is Beautiful

Rust is beautiful, old objects that have been discarded in bygone days can be re-purposed as yard art. One man's junk is truly another man's treasure.

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5 Best Low-Maintenance Plants That Should Be in Your Landscape

Landscaping can be very simple when you choose low-maintenance plants. These beautiful plants will beautify your yard with very little effort.

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Low-Maintenance Ground Covers That Suppress Weeds

These low-maintenance ground covers grow thickly and spread quickly to choke out weeds.

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Landscape Design Ideas, Styles, and Themes

Well-planned landscapes have an overall "look" to them that can be classified as a style. This article introduces native styles from around the world that are considered exotic in other locales.

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Best Plants and Erosion Controls for Slopes and Hillsides

A presentation of different solutions to hillside erosion and approaches to landscaping these areas, with a focus on plants that sustain wildlife.

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Home Landscaping: How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes

A how-to guide for avoiding garden problems in the future by planning in advance. Suggestions have been included to assist you in making wise choices for your landscape design.

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How to Build a Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall the Right Way

To build a natural dry-stone retaining wall, prepare the site: plan for good drainage, proper width-height ratio, and distance between tiers. Lay high quality stones and use a geotextile backing to ensure the wall lasts a long time.

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How to Save Money on a Backyard Terracing Project

Backyard projects like terracing can be intimidating, but if you take it step by step, you can save money by doing it yourself.